February 28, 2021

Welcome to the Heady Heights – David F. Ross

Welcome to another Blog Tour!

With thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours and Orenda Books for the chance to read and review ‘Welcome to the Heady Heights’ by David F. Ross.

Keep reading below for a chance to WIN a copy of the book!

Released in February 2019 this novel is obviously brand new but it’s not Ross’s first book… although it is the first of his I have read. I reckon it was a good one to start with.

Set in Glasgow in 1976 the story is lead by Archie Blunt, who following the death of his beloved wife and the loss of his job on the buses has fallen on hard times. He takes a job as a chauffeur from a highly dodgy mate and ends up ferrying one of the most famous faces in UK light entertainment around Glasgow – Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks.

This is what I think you’d call black-humour or Tartan-Noir. It is very, very dark but very funny. The story very loosely features famous faces and personalities that we’ll all know from TV and it also features a very loose equivalent to what Operation Yewtree turned into. Sort of. See? Dark.

When Archie gets his hands on some explosive photos of Heady and his showbiz pals, he and his cohorts decide that blackmail is the only way to go… not for money though… for a place in a televised talent show.

Even though the subject matter can get a bit raw in places this isn’t a hard book to read or get into. It’s funny and barrels along at a good pace… although I will say this – good luck if you’re not great at deciphering the Scottish accent when it’s written down!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – recommended.

Want to win a copy of Welcome to the Heady Heights?

I have one copy of the book to give away to one lucky person! I’ve hidden a Wee Jo @ Online Blanket Fort cartoon somewhere on my blog… all you have to do is find her! This is who you’re looking for…Once you’ve found Wee Jo let me know by leaving a comment on the post you find her on! Easy peasy! I’ll enter your name to a draw and one of you will win a paperback copy of the book.

Entries close at 9pm GMT TONIGHT (Monday 25th March 2019). Good luck!!

About David F. Ross

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

About Orenda Books

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.



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